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CNN
May 12, 2013 10:00am PDT
cia's not so secret assassination program. >> we're in a war. and war is hell. >> and enhanced interrogations. did they lead to osama bin laden? are our current interrogation tactics working? >> the site i visited was probably the grimmest place i've ever been. >> then, tracking terror. how do intelligence officials target a lone wolf? >> there's a whole bunch of things, certainly technically possible but do you really want your government doing that? >> shut up. >> and it's not just a movie. two of the actual women in the hunt for bin laden take us inside the cia. >> when you think of 007, you know, you don't think of jane bond, you think of james bond. >>> and, last, my own thoughts on confronting terror today. >>> defining the enemy and understanding the threat. what does al qaeda look like today? it's been called al qaeda 2.0. a more decentralized organization than the one that attacked us on september 11th, 2001. loosely made up of affiliates and hangers on like al qaeda and and the islamic -- allocate ka and the peninsula. al shabaab, but who are these smaller organizatio
FOX News
May 10, 2013 1:00pm PDT
talking points no fewer than 12 times, omitting reverends to a cia warning at the time of an al qaeda threat. what made this difference from fox reporting on this is that now everybody is reporting on this, and giving the press secretary of the united states a lot heat and questioning on this now. back to this. >> raises the objections to the fact the cia had warned bat terror threats in benghazi prior to the attacks. those subjects were taken out of the cia talking points at the direction of the white house, based on -- >> no first of all, they weren't at the direction of the white house. the only -- the process, as everybody is an equal player -- said everybody's concerns have to be listened to and taken into account. ultimately these were intelligence community talking points that intelligence community, led by the cia -- john, can i finish? -- that the intelligence community has to sign off and believes represents the intelligence community's view about what they knew about what happened. again, this would be more significant if we didn't acknowledge from the beginning that extrem
FOX News
May 11, 2013 1:00am PDT
now reporting that the white house tried to hide the facts about benghazi. in fact, cia information was altered. we will talk with the abc news reporter who broke the story. >> is the president claims that it was appropriate to keep that information away. >> the language of that email is pretty clear. that is not a stylistic -- that ♪ saying gel adjustment. that is a major, dramatic change. >> information. >> as the benghazi story heats up, the white house is under fire. we'll show you what happened in the press conference today. >> hey, john, john, it's chris. hey, john, john, it's chris. >> there is that guy again. >> governor chris christie mocking himself with famous people. gutfeld and mcguirk will try to explain what the heck is going on. >> are you kidding me? >> caution, you are about to enterth enterth s no spin z. the factor begins right now. >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the benghazi story heats up. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. if there is one guy you would not want to be today, it was white house spokesman jay c
FOX News
May 10, 2013 12:00pm PDT
of the weekly standard, and an early cia draft of these talking points stated, and i quote, the agency has produced anymore rouse pieces on the threat of extremist links to al qaeda in benghazi in eastern libya. there have been at laos five other attacks against foreign interests in benghazi including the june attack against the british ambassador's convoy. all that raised red flags for state department spokeswoman victoria newland who dashed off an e-mail to her enter agency colleagues saying, quote, the early cia draft could be abused by members of congress to beat up the state department. so why would we want to feed that? concerned, unquote. when the revised talking points still included links to one group, she sent off another e-mail warning we don't want to prejudice the investigation. however, an as yet unidentified national security council told newland the fbi did not have major concerns with the points and offered only a couple mineor suggestions. >> the back and forth between us and the cia in this regard. public affairs officer or spokes people are negotiating. somet
MSNBC
May 4, 2013 3:00am PDT
to the cia, fbi and all the intelligence services. find the connection. >> first, though, the war on terror goes to afghanistan. to capture or kill osama bin laden and destroy the taliban regime that supports al qaeda. by november, the enemy is on the run, forced to flee into the mountains and across the border to pakistan. but while bin laden remains at large, washington's attention turns to iraq. to saddam. >> i think the united states, since "desert storm" has always had a, a, a various planning with respect to iraq. >> "operation desert storm." also known as the first gulf war. in 1991, following iraq's invasion of kuwait, a u.s.-led coalition of 34 countries drives saddam's forces out of kuwait and decimates the iraqi army in six weeks. but despite that overwhelming victory, president george h.w. bush faces criticism at home for not going all the way to baghdad to rid the world of saddam hussein. >> i made very, very clear from day one, that it was not an objective of the coalition to get saddam hussein out of there, by force. >> dick cheney, defense secretary at the time, suppo
NBC
May 10, 2013 5:30pm PDT
murdered and yet much of the talk between the white house, the state department and the cia was about talking points -- how to talk about the tragedy on tv, what to say, what not to say. to quote former secretary of state hillary clinton, what difference at this point does it make? well, to those involved in this investigation, trying to track down how the attack happened in the first place and how the story was then wrongly told at first, it makes a lot of difference. it's where we begin tonight with our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the e-mails we have been shown prove what the white house first said about not being involved in the benghazi talking points is just not true. in fact, the state department and the white house were far more involved in watering down the benghazi talking points than they have been saying for months. the benghazi tragedy quickly turned into what insiders call a knife fight between the state department in charge of the mission where ambassador chris stevens and information specialist sea
MSNBC
May 10, 2013 12:00pm PDT
pushed back on talking points from the cia and expressed concern about how some of the information would be used politically in congress. you have said the white house only made a stylistic change here. but these were not stylistic changes. these were content changes. so again, what role did the white house play? not just in making it but in directing changes. >> well, thank you for that question. the way to look at this is to start from that week and understand that in the wake of the attacks in benghazi, an effort was underway to find out what that. who was responsible. in response to a request from the house permanent select committee on intelligence, to the cia, the cia began a process of investigation points that could be used in public by members of congress. by members of that committee. and that process as is always the case, again, led by the cia involved input from a variety of agencies with an interest in or a stake in the process. that would include the state department since it was a state department facility that was attacked and an ambassador who was killed, as well
CNN
May 10, 2013 4:00pm PDT
it again if you'd let me answer it. the intelligence community led by the cia -- john, can i finish? you had a long time there. >> adding to the drama. the prescheduled press conference was delayed twice. carney finally arrived at the podium three hours later than first planned. a lot of tension in the room when he walked in. why? because a lot was at stake, everyone. today we formally learned that the white house and the state department were heavily involved in the editing of the talking points used by the administration following the attacks in benghazi. something they previously denied. in fact, today jay carney doubled down saying the white house made only one edit, changing the word consulate to the word diplomatic post. the thing is there were 12 rounds of edits. among the first thing taken out of the draft is islamic extremists with ties with al qaeda participated in the attack. jim acosta who you just stlau was in the room asking questions and he's "outfront" tonight. that was an intense press briefing. we don't usually see them like that. >> that's right, erin. and i think
FOX News
May 10, 2013 10:00am PDT
al qaeda and islamic extremist and the warnings the cia provided about how dangerous benghazi had become. all scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed. so now abc reports on it and expands on it in john karl's defense he did a good job. so now it's news. people are getting a little nervous. you add to that the whistleblower testimony this week on capitol hill. those three state department employees taking an oath to tell the truth on what happened during that night of terror on september 11th that left four americans dead. and now they are coming under attack. gregory hicks, one of the main wednesdays may already be paying the price. he says he was reassigned after he questioned what susan rice told america on the sunday talk shows to a low level desk job. he did not believe what she told us and now we know he had cause for his concerns and now he has been demoted. our own james rosen presented the state department or pressed, i should say, the state department ahead of mr. hicks' testimony, listen to this exchange from monday. >> are greg hicks and mark thompson credible people? are they not
FOX News
May 11, 2013 2:00am PDT
state department on the cia talking points. >> but again i think you are forgetting a couple of things here. the whose as i said made maid one minor change to the talking points drafted by and produced by the cia. >> concern was concern about how congress would react a factor in the talks? >> if you look at the development of the talking points, the answer to that is no. >> jay, you told us that the only changes that were made were stylistic. is it a stylistic change to take out all references to previous terror threats in benghazi? >> i appreciate the question again and what i was referring to was the talking points that the cia drafted and sent around to which one change was made. i accept that stylistic may not precisely describe the change of one word to the other. >> these were concerns raised by the state department that the white house direct the interagency process to, to use in making the talking points. >> i think again. >> the original version included references to al-qaeda and references to islam. the original cia version included extensive discussion of the previous threa
FOX News
May 10, 2013 4:00pm PDT
department objected to naming a specific al qaeda affiliate. and mentioning previous cia warnings about extremists in benghazi. in the end, officials dropped both references from the final version. the state department spokeswoman also added, quote, these don't resolve all of my issues or those of my building's leadership. it's unclear if that leadership included then secretary of state hillary clinton. the attack on september 11th of last year killed our u.s. ambassador to libya christopher stephens. state department official sean smith and two former navy seals tyrone woods and glen doherty. our james rosen live in our d.c. newsroom with more on this. james? >> pretty rough day for jay carney at the white house. >> that's right, harris. his was to be sure uninvisible duty today. the white house press secretary struggling to explain why interagency team labor day through 12 versions of the now infamous talking points that u.n. ambassador susan rice delivered on the sunday shows september 16th, five days after the attacks. spontaneous protest gone awry and later shown to be false never
CSPAN
May 6, 2013 4:50am EDT
when you tell about who is using drones. it has been widely reported that the cia and is using drones. the cia drone program is secret is one of the worst kept secrets in the world. it's undermined by a legitimacy to make that claim. but it takes us to the question of how are we using this weapon or any other weapon? helicopter airships have also been used to carry out the program of targeted killing. that is the heart of the debate. know is deeply troubling. i think there is general agreement among its international law scholars that the use of lethal force is permissible under international law, and human-rights law, in response to a specific concrete and imminent threat. in the law of war context, when you are in an armed conflict, it would be permissible against civilians who are directly participating in hostilities, as those terms are defined under the laws of war and as long as other requirements are met. what has been made public in speeches by administration officials -- and i do appreciate that the speeches have been made -- alice well as the white paper that was first leake
MSNBC
May 12, 2013 11:00am PDT
those concern, cia officials cut all references to ansar al sharia and made minor tweaks. but in a follow-up e-mail, new land wrote that the problem remain that her superiors, he she didn't say which ones were unhappy. the changes she wrote did not resolve all my issues. you suggest she's playing politics with the aftermath of all of this. but chairman, didn't the cia and the intelligence community have the final word on what the accurate talking points would be? >> no. not at all. if you keep pushing back, you get a first report from the cia, that's their report. then you push back. you get a little different. you push back, you get a little different. that's manipulating the cia to get the truth. >> the cia can't stand up for itself and get the facts, saying, these are the facts? >> the fact is, there was a fact witness, his name was ambassador stevens. he said greg, we're under attack to his number two. that was the definitive statement from the ambassador on the ground before he was murdered. you have a fact witness. and you follow that up with fact witness after fact witness.
ABC
May 10, 2013 5:30pm PDT
entirely by the cia. and that neither hillary clinton's state department nor the white house made anything more than stylistic changes. >> the single adjustment of these two institutions were changing the words consulate to diplomatic facility. >> reporter: but today, abc news has exclusively obtained 12 versions of the talking points, showing they went through extensive edits. the early drafts pointed to evidence that an al qaeda-affiliated group took part in the attack and that the cia had warned of al qaeda threats in benghazi. secretary clinton's spokesperson objected, saying in an e-mail obtained by abc, that the information, quote, "could be abused by members of congress to beat up on the state department for not paying attention to warnings. so, why would we want to feed that?" after those objections were raised, all references to al qaeda and the cia warnings were deleted from the cia talking points. cia original version included references to al qaeda. those were taken out after the cia wrote its initial draft. >> and the cia wrote another draft -- >> reporter: based on i
MSNBC
May 10, 2013 1:00pm PDT
objections about the references to ansar al sharia, raise ed objections to the fact the cia warned about terror threats in benghazi prior to the attack. those subjects were taken out of the cia talking points at the direction of the white house based on -- >> no, they weren't. first of all -- the only -- this process, everybody is an equal player in this process, says everybody's concerns have to be listened to and taken into account. but ultimately, these were intelligence community talking points that the intelligence community, led by the cia, had -- >> changed because of objection. >> john, could i finish? you had a long time there. that the intelligence community has to sign off on and believe represents the intelligence community's view of what they knew at that time about what happened. and, again, this would be more significant if we didn't acknowledge from the beginning that extremists were likely involved, that we didn't acknowledge from the beginning that it could very well have been ansar al sharia that was involv involved, al qaeda, itself, or other al qaeda affiliates. this
MSNBC
May 3, 2013 6:00pm PDT
syrian forces and the cia own other intelligence experts are more moderate, less islamist, more secular. that's been the hope of the administration, they were hoping to either arm them or get them better training and not put weapons on the ground. all of the international experts have spoken to ambassadors from other countries, are saying there is no way that they will back away from the assad regime. so with the support of iran, with the support of the really tough front supported by al qaeda factions and the support of russia, it is right now, the balance of power, is more or less with the regime. it may change the balance of power today, though. this is a very strong warning to assad. >> our understanding from u.s. officials and again, this is preliminary reports, so we are taking this from unnamed officials. i think there is a little bit of a grain of salt we should approach this with. but u.s. officials told msnbc news that the weapons were on their way out from syria to lebanon to hezbollah. there's been concern growing, not just among israel, but other players in the u.s. about h
CNN
May 10, 2013 11:00am PDT
cia, and expressed concern about how some of the information would be used politically in congress. you have said the white house made a stylistic change here, that these were not stylistic changes, these were content changes. so, again, what role did the white house play, not just in making but directing changes? >> well, thank you for that question. the way to look at this, i think is to start from that week and understand that in the wake of the attacks in benghazi, an effort was under way to find out what happened, who was responsible. in response to a request from the house permanent select committee on intelligence, two of the cia -- the cia began a process of developing points that could be used in public by members of congress, by members of that committee. and that process, as is always the case, led by the cia, involved input from a variety of agencies with an interest in our stake in the process and that would include obviously the state department since it was a state department facility that was attacked and ambassador who was killed as well as three others. the nss, t
FOX News
May 11, 2013 3:00am PDT
behind that? the white house says not them. the cia began. the cia in this case deputy director of the cia. the cia. >> alisyn: well, this morning we will separate fact from fiction for you. >> and if the dead boston bomber was buried in your backyard, how would you feel about that? >> i'm a christian jesus says love your enemy. >> i'm disgusted. i think it's disrespectful. >> fierce debate taking place in a town near you. and targeting the tea party and conservatives. the irs admitting they did it and now they say they are sorry. but is the apology accepted? we report, you decide. "fox & friends" hour one starts right now. get the coffee. >> alisyn: good morning, everybody. good morning, guys. clayton morris, good morning. >> get the coffee this morning. probably glad at the white house that it's the weekend right now. no more white house press briefings that they have to deal with like whew, we get a few days off from the press grilling us over the latest benghazi news. >> it's not just fox. the story that this network almost alone has kept in the news for the past five months explod
MSNBC
May 11, 2013 2:00am PDT
question, again, and i think that what i was referring to was the talking points that the cia drafted and sent around to which one change was made. and i accept that stylistic may not precisely describe the change of one word to another. >> this was not a change of one word to another. these underwent extensive changes after they were written by the cia. >> there was an interagency process which is always the case. >> that was jonathan carl asking that question. he's one who broke this story for abc. danielle, let me begin with you. when you look at the editing of the talking points, is this the way it looks when you're watching sausage being made, or is this evidence of some form of cover-up. >> well, i think it's a little bit of both, honestly. clearly, in any executive branch discussion, you're going to have different agencies fighting with each other. protect their interests and turf. the issue here is, what was the white house looking for in taking out all references to terrorism? that's the part that really concerns me because it goes along with what was later said about
FOX News
May 12, 2013 7:00am PDT
including the june attack against the british ambassador's convoy. that reportedly is from the cia and that was expunged. what does that tell you? >> well, i think it shows that the intelligence community was well aware of what's going on and that the state department really with a more political motive in mind was trying to keep it out. we know from other e-mails that the department's senior leadership was involved in looking at these talking points. and it's this quote you've read is significant and another piece of evidence that the administration's latest spin, you know, this is just bureaucratic turf fighting is wrong. normally it's the cia that's trying to keep information from being made public, to protect sources and methods of intelligence gathering. what happened here is clearly that the cia well understood what was up, as did the state department's own employees on the ground in benghazi, and it was higher levels of authority back here in washington that were trying to put a different cast on the facts. >> finally, ambassador, should there be a select committee to investigate thi
MSNBC
May 10, 2013 5:00pm PDT
the cia talking points used by susan rice in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. the reason rice was going nuts on those talking points eight months after the fact is thanks to a new detail on abc news that those were revised 12 times and edited before they arrived on the sunday shows. they were made with input from the state department, and at least one of those edits was apparently designed to make it harder for members of congress to, quote, beat up the state department. in other words, some people working inside the government and in politics edited some talking points to protect themselves politically. and if that is a scandal in washington, then every single blackberry is a d.c. crime scene. it should not come as a surprise that republicans are trying to drive the new cycle into a frenzy over the full cycle they've been trying to manufacture over the benghazi talking points for months now. the real question is why are they making a big deal over the fake benghazi scandal than they are the real scandal over the irs having targeted certain groups? and the answer to that quest
FOX Business
May 11, 2013 4:00am EDT
victoria space and said they were made for purely political reasons. she objected to this cia references to al qaeda groups as well as cia warnings about terrorist thres in the months preceding the september 11th attack. one e-mail said "e early cia draft could be abused by members of congress ought to be dip the state department for those were not paying attention to warnings so why would we want to be that? >> and those references were scrubbed she noted the changes did not resolve all of my issues of the building leadership. that being of course, secretary of state hillary clinton. "the weekly standard" steve it pays one negative stephen hays that petraeus was shocked when he reread the talking points as the original c.i.a. assessment was blocked to call it an attack from islamic extremists with ties to al qaeda. jay kearney today responded to the new revelations of a lengthy and testy press briefing where he continuously tried to point* the finger away from president obama. >> it was the state department. >> this process everybody is unequal players said ever buddies concerns have to
FOX News
May 12, 2013 12:00am PDT
dignity and the cia guys, i respect them. they put their lives on the line and they don't get an opportunity to tell the families what they have done. will they tart breaking and telling their stories? >> i think the next set of hearings will bring in the military people and cia people and ask the questions like you asked. i am tired of seeing the cia get beat up. they live under such a cloud of secrecy. and they are good people and honorable people and the cia would not have left them behind. i know them too well. there has to be more hearings and we are calling for a bipartisan commission and bring in the military and cia people and get to the bottom of this. >> i hope it happens. general, thank you. and christian, you having first- hand knowledge. >> the family members of the benghazi victims get the answers they wanted in the hearings? i will ask the mother of shawn smith next. >> the fact is, we have four dead americans, was it because of a protest or guys out for a night deciding to kill americans, what difference does it make? >> secretary of state clinton testifying in a
CSPAN
May 10, 2013 2:00pm EDT
. >> i appreciate the question and the opportunity to again make clear that the cia produced talking points on that saturday morning. let methat point -- just finish. from that, -- >> was there pressure from other parties involved? think there were numerous things from the top official at the cia, making it clear that they believed the talking points represented what they knew to the best of their knowledge at that time and it not include things they did not think they could be concretely sure of. .l-sharia is a good example if you will remember, there was an initial claim of responsibility by that group. a lot of people came said, well, it they are responsible. that is why you need to be investigating. we were not for sure they were responsible at that time. we knew that extremist swear are dissipating. -- we knew that extremist were participating. the idea that saying extremist 's is somehow hiding the ball -- does anyone in this room not understand that extremist's in libya means people that would attack a u.s. target? > she may have made -- >> on the sunday shows, she talked abou
FOX News
May 4, 2013 10:00pm PDT
harming us for a year and we he should have given the cia the ability to go kill and capture just as we have done to the the al-qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan and we are conducting a criminal investigation and to date we have nothing to show for it. it is incredible. >> geraldo: there were three suspects named only now. what do you make of that, general? >> i don't understand it. and what it is telling me is there is not much to this investigation. less ton what i'm saying. the cia knew who did it within 48 hours. they knew the leaders of aas who were inflicting damage in benghazi for a year. they know the organization well. we could have begun to take that organization apart almost immediately following that attack. and we should have been on them ever since that time until we destroyed that organization. and now we are putting free people who are in it on the internet to see he if somebody knows them? this makes no sense to me. >> geraldo: do you think it is possible that the political bickering over the hot topic has impeded the information? has impeded the investigation? >> i
MSNBC
May 10, 2013 3:00am PDT
from susan rice and supporters saying she just read the cia talking points. >> yes. well, they have found that victoria newland, the state department spokesperson for hillary clinton at that particular time, wrote, in an e-mail, this requires glasses. >> that's fine. that's fine. we will show the same v.o. 12 seconds of ben ghazi while you put your glasses on! do that one right there! >> perfect. yes,ier. >> what did he say? >> so the talking points had that the agency had produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremist link to ben ghazi and a eastern libya, et cetera, and she said get those out of there and she says it just could be abused by members of congress to beat up the state department for not paying attention to warnings so why would we feed that? >> oh, my gosh. >> so that paragraph is now gone. >> so it wasn't just a cold, calculated cia analyst at langley putting these talking points together? >> no. and now -- so then the white house says, well, but we really didn't do it. >> who did? so, michael. >> yes. >> this is politics. there are a lot of things to be concern
FOX News
May 12, 2013 1:00am PDT
land tells the cia to remove it from the security warning because it could be used against hillary. but my favorite, leon panetta. there just wasn't enough time. listen to this one from seven months ago. >> monday morning quarterbacking going on here. basic principle is that you don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real time information. >> it wasn't enough time. how did you know the fight wouldn't last 24 or 48 hours or more? in which case you could have gotten rescuers there. you could have saved americans. but you didn't even start the process because you had no intention of saving those lives. you should be ashamed of yourself. yes, wednesday was a sad day for me personally. for the families of those killed and for any american who believes, as i do, that america is the citadel of honor and freedom. this past week the dreams that i had as a little girl in that small town were shattered. with me now is a member of the house oversight and government reform committee pennsylvania congressman pat me hahn. >> good evening, judge. g
FOX News
May 4, 2013 7:00pm PDT
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May 12, 2013 2:00am PDT
would to preserve their honor and dignity and the cia guys, i respect them. they put their lives on the line and they don't get an opportunity to tell the families what they have done. will they tart breaking and telling their stories? >> i think the next set of hearings will bring in the military people and cia people and ask the questions like you asked. i am tired of seeing the cia get beat up. they live under such a cloud of secrecy. and they are good people and honorable people and the cia would not have left them behind. i know them too well. there has to be more hearings and we are calling for a bipartisan commission and bring in the military and cia people and get to the bottom of this. >> i hope it happens. general, thank you. and christian, you having first- hand knowledge. >> the family members of the benghazi victims get the answers they wanted in the hearings? i will ask the mother of shawn smith next. if you're suffering from constipation, miralax or metamucil may take days to work. or faster relief, try dulcolax laxative tablets. dulcolax provides gentle relief overni
FOX News
May 9, 2013 12:00am PDT
can't join the cia and i can't be president. all of those things i did in my senior year in albania. no -- it is a horrible job to be a politician. that's why it is heavily populated by horrible people. who wants that job? you gave wiener a -- sanford a pass and weaner is a [bleep], but the fact of the matter is not only was he caught, but he lied about it. >> and it was a weird lie. >> appalachian trail? two things that outraged everyone during this was that there was a politician who lied and was misusing taxpayer dollars. >> he said he was a guy that slept on a cot in his office and was so fiscally responsible. >> ya, with the argentine yen woman. >> there is a lot of kids that will not go to the appalachian trail because it has been sheared by infidelity. i won't hike there. >> here is the good news. most on the appalachian trail don't don't know what be smir of means. >> why do you have t.o. smear an entire -- why do you have to smear an entire group of people? >> let's not over look everything here. as creepy and awful as wiener was, he didn't hide behind relimbing general. th
FOX News
May 11, 2013 10:00am PDT
revisions were made in the benghazi talking points. first issued by the cia. the first draft said, and we quote, we do know they participated in the attack. the final draft after the 12 revisions which susan rice delivered on the five talk shows made no mention of al-qaeda. her remarks attributing it to an anti-islam film was not true given what the cia knew. shear one of carney's attempts to explain that. >> we knew that -- we believed based on the intelligence assessment ks stream mists were involved, and there was suspicions about what affiliation the extreme mythses might have of the there was not hard, concrete evidence. >> one of the people now at the center of the controversy is victoria in newland, the spokeswoman. in e-mails obtained by the weekly standard and abc she objects to the wording of repeated cia warnings about the deteriorating situation in benghazi quoting, the early cia draft could be abused by members of congress to beat up on the state department to not beat up on warnions. warnings. she signs it, concerned. when the re-advised talking points included refer
FOX News
May 11, 2013 9:00am PDT
included references to al qaeda, references to -- to islam? the original cia version included extensive discussion of the previous threats of terrorist attacks in benghazi. those were taken out after the cia wrote its initial draft. >> turning now to the continuing questions over the obama administration's handling of the benghazi terror attack. white house press secretary jay carney on the defensive as reporters grilled him on the newly released e-mails that show a top state department official pushing to water down the initial intelligence reports about that attack. carney is firing back at republicans who he says are trying to politicize the controversy. we have the latest on the story that continues to raise more questions. dug? >> reporter: yesterday marked a real watershed day in the benghazi affair. for the first time in the eight months since the compound was attacked, white house spokesman jay carney was pummelled repeatedly with questions from skeptical reporters and not just from fox but from his competitors and major media. that after abc news reported yesterday that the cia
MSNBC
May 10, 2013 10:00am PDT
administration believed that this was a terror attack, the cia analysis, the intelligence analysis that it was a cia attack, that did not appear in the end. what we've learned in some of the negotiations, if you will, over e-mail, victoria nuland and jake sullivan of the state department raised concerns and said some things according to our sources who reviewed those e-mails, concern about naming an al qaeda affiliate before they were able to talk about that publicly, concerns about how it might be played politically on the hill, one phrase was "beat the state department for not taking heed of early warnings" those kinds of things and in the end a source tells me that cia director at that time david petraeus received the final version, looked at it and said "just as soon not use it. it doesn't even include that we had warned about what was going to happen in cairo," those other events. >> from the state department, chris, their perspective is, this is one of the e-mails, nuland writing on friday, as the bodies were coming back and hillary clinton and the president were at andrews air force
FOX
May 12, 2013 10:00am PDT
about extremists with links to al qaeda and noted the cia had warned for months about threats in benghazi. but all that was taken out before susan rice went on the sunday talk shows. we've invited congressmen from two key house panels, mike rogers, the republican chair of the intelligence committee, and from seattle, adam smith, the top democrat on the armed services committee. congre congressman rogers, you were on "fox news sunday" september 16 right after susan rice came on the show, and she said it was a responsible is tanous reaction to a video that had been hijacked by extremists. from the very beginning you doubted her account. let's watch. >> i have serious questions. it seems to be a military style, coordinated. i'm suspect they could come to that conclusion so assuredly that it was a spontaneous effort given the coordination of it. >> congressman, after what you learned this week, the fact of what the state department officials were saying during the attack, how often and dramatically the talking points were changed, did the obama administration mislead or even lie to t
CNN
May 10, 2013 2:00pm PDT
remove a key cia assessment about who was involved in the incident from government talking points. a version of the talking points made their way to u.n. ambassador susan rice who went on five sunday talk shows and said protesters enraged over an antiislamic video were suspected in both benghazi as well as a separate siege on the u.s. embassy in cairo. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what happened hours before in cairo almost a copy cat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted by the video. >> reporter: what rice did not disclose is investigators suspected an al qaeda connected group was behind the attack. in an e-mail dated september 14th at 7:39 p.m., state department spokeswoman victoria nuland wrote why do we want the hill fingering ansar al sharia when we aren't doing that ourselves? the point could be to abuse the state department for not paying attention to warnings. the references were removed. nuland chimed in again. these don't resolve all of my issues or those of my buildi
FOX News
May 6, 2013 10:00pm PDT
on wednesday, we have information people from the cia want to come out and of it, but they have been told by the cia director brennan specifically they will be pole gravid if they are tied to this. do you have any information to -- >> i her the same story. there are cia agents reaching out. they feel frustrated. the cia generally got it right and they feel lrustrated about what happened that night before and after. we will see where it goes. >> are these cia agents in the ground in benghazi that night or cia agents, people here in washington? >> it's my belief at least one of them was on the ground but time will tell. the dam is about to break on benghazi. >> you wrote a letter march 15th to the state department and today you are finally getting one back. and it's from the thomas gibbons active assistant secretary of affairs, and he says, among other things, that he says the department appreciates your rtment diplomaticng to the five security agents who survived the attack. statement we have serious concerns about their welfare and want to be careful not to enter is fear with the fbi
CNN
May 11, 2013 7:00am PDT
points. cia warnings about possible attacks in benghazi by terror groups. the potential for those attacks. and also, that early cia assessment that a group linked to al qaeda may have been involved in this attack. republicans say that the white house wanted to remove that for political reasons. the administration says they removed that information because they didn't want to compromise the investigation. so a lot of politics going on here. we don't expect this to be the end of it, brianna. >> athena jones for us there in washington. thank you very much. >>> let's talk a little bit more about that benghazi hearing, and possibly the political fallout from it. i'm joined now by cnn analyst and democratic strategist maria, and owner of the baker right group crystal. they're accusing the obama administration what they say was a well orchestrated attack. is either side right, maria? you first. is it possible both sides, you know, that both sides have a point here? >> well, look, was the rollout of how this happened in terms of the explanation on behalf of the administration clumsy? abso
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